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Message from CWU Board of Trustees Chair Ron Erickson

CWU Community,

On behalf of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees, it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of A. James Wohlpart as our university’s 15th president.

Dr. Wohlpart currently serves as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Northern Iowa and was interim president at UNI from July 2016 to January 2017. Previously, Wohlpart was dean of undergraduate studies at Florida Gulf Coast University from 2011-2015, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2005-2011, and chair of the Division of Humanities and Arts from 2000-2005.

Dr. Wohlpart impressed the Board of Trustees with his comprehensive academic and leadership experience in higher education and his commitment to diversity and inclusion. Throughout his 25-year career, he has worked to elevate the civic engagement of students to help them develop as fully informed citizens.

He has experience in serving place-bound students and working with community college partners. He also brings a strong commitment to sustainability, having assisted in establishing the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University and in creating a faculty fellow position at University of Northern Iowa to increase the university’s focus on sustainability. He also launched a sustainability-centered lecture series and a sustainability certificate.

As provost at the University of Northern Iowa, he supported its Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the Green Iowa AmeriCorps program, and the “Panther Plot,” a student-run garden, named for the University’s mascot. Environmental literature and eco-leadership have been central to his teaching and scholarship.

Dr. Wohlpart holds a PhD in English from the University of Tennessee, an MA in English from Colorado State University, and a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Tennessee.

President-designate Wohlpart will conduct separate Zoom webinars with faculty, staff, and students on January 14-15. Additional information about our new president can be found at:

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Wohlpart into the Wildcat family.


Ron Erickson
Chair, Board of Trustees
Central Washington University